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Billboard Top Hits: 1976
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Special Interest, Pop, R&B, Rock
Rhino's Have A Nice Day series takes you back to the days of black light posters, eight-track tapes, earth shoes, and bell-bottoms, gathering together the lone hits by those "one-or-two-shot" wonders of the '70s-with many ... more »
Rhino's Have A Nice Day series takes you back to the days of black light posters, eight-track tapes, earth shoes, and bell-bottoms, gathering together the lone hits by those "one-or-two-shot" wonders of the '70s-with many tracks appearing on CD for the first time!
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A decent sampling of AM Radio airplay circa 1976
Lawrance M. Bernabo | The Zenith City, Duluth, Minnesota | 01/27/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Listening to this hits collection reminded me that in 1976 I was NOT listening to AM radio, because this is the first Billboard album I have come across where I have only ONE of the songs ("Don't Go Breaking My Heart," courtesy of an Elton John Greatest Hits album) in my CD collection (over 1,200 albums and growing). I think I was into Progressive Rock (Yes, Jethro Tull, Strawbs) in 1976, but that does not mean I do not remember hearing every one of these songs way back when. This album certainly serves up a diverse collection of songs, usually one of the strengths of the Billboard series, with a little bit of pop (Elton John/Kiki Dee and Eric Carmen), a dash of puppy rock (Bay City Rollers), and some serious R&B (Wild Cherry and The Bellamy Brothers). I always liked the cosmic organ on Gary Wright's "Dream Weaver" and the profound sentiments of Elvin Bishop's "Fooled Around And Fell In Love." Just do not ask me to explain the national fascination with "The Theme from 'S.W.A.T.'" Bottom line: this album meets my criteria, adding five new songs to my music collection, although admittedly some of them are out of a sense of nostalgia for my youth than because they are truly great songs that have stood the test of time. This album grades out at a 4.5 in Billboard Series and gets rounded up because it personally meets my criteria for hit collections."
Have a nice day! Listen to this even if it's not the best
Matthew G. Sherwin | last seen screaming at Amazon customer service | 09/07/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This CD offers ten of the top hits on Billboard's rock and roll chart in 1976. It was a great year for our country with our bicentennial; and the music on this CD really helps to bring back fond memories.
The songs are good and the quality of the sound is excellent. I especially liked "Dream Weaver" by Gary Wright; "Love Machine - Pt. 1" by The Miracles; "Let Your Love Flow" by The Bellamy Brothers; "Play That Funky Music" by Wild Cherry; "Fooled Around And Fell In Love" by Elvin Bishop and " All By Myself" by Eric Carmen.
Liner notes include great pictures of the performers--awesome!
I have to make this a four star review because there is no real compelling reason why Rhino Records needed to limit this CD series to ten songs on each CD. The CD weighs in at a little over 35 minutes--why not add a couple more songs? I was disappointed.
Overall, it's a good CD to bring back memories of 1976 but it's far from being comprehensive, naturally, since it's only one CD. The sound is good and I recommend this for rock and roll fans of '70s music. Enjoy! SMILES